Joseph Black received his PhD from the University of Toronto and joined the English Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2004. His research and teaching interests include seventeenth-century literature, Milton, the Sidney family, the epic tradition, and book history. His major current projects include the Complete Works of Thomas Nashe and Private Libraries in Renaissance England.

BA, History, Bard College; MA, Library Science (Archives and Records Management), Simmons College.
Responsible for maintaining the library, archiving scholarly papers, developing digital collections, assisting patrons with research, and answering reference questions.

Program Director
BA, Film Studies, Smith College
Responsible for working with the Director to organize the Center's public events, advertising these events through online and print sources, and facilitating communication between the Center and the surrounding community.


Ellen Carroll-McLane
Office Manager
Responsible for working with the Director, Librarian and Program Director to organize the Center's public events on the Facilities end as well as provide administrative support. My duties also include the role of Building Coordinator with a close relationship with UMass Facilities, the Grounds Departments and Historical Gardens Consultant to maintain the Renaissance Center’s beautiful Dakin House, the Dakin Barn and the surrounding grounds.

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